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Spoon - "The Way We Get By", featured on "Shameless" Series FInale, 'Kill The Moonlight', 25% Off Sale



To celebrate the exceedingly prominent placement of Spoon’s “The Way We Get By” (as rendered by the show’s cast) in last night’s series finale of Showime’s ‘Shameless’, ‘Kill The Moonlight’ is on sale for 25% off the LP and CD versions now thru Friday the 17th.





"The Way We Get By", directed by Steve Hanft


purchase 'Kill The Moonlight' on LP or CD, 25% off until April 17

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Spoon - "Breakdown" / "A Face In The Crowd" (Live)



Out today, Spoon has released live recordings of two Tom Petty covers, "Breakdown" and "A Face in the Crowd" captured last October at The Catacomb in Austin TX.

Both songs are available to stream / purchase through the link HERE.





Video captured by Peter Simonite, Scott Cremeens & Chris Rusch, edited by Sabrina Nichols. Audio recorded by Britt Daniel and mixed by Jim Eno.

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Spoon - "Lines in the Suit - 30 Minutes Old (1999 Home Demo)"





The #GirlsCanTell 20th anniversary week marches on with this recently re-unearthed rarity, the accurately-named "Lines In The Suit - 30 Minutes Old (1999 Home Demo)." Streaming now for the first time: #matadorrevisionisthistory

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The 20th Anniversary of Spoon's 'Girls Can Tell'



“Girls Can Tell was the Hail Mary pass that absolutely no one thought was gonna find a receiver. It was the record where the colors changed, trains collided, and suddenly we sounded a lot more like us than we’d ever sounded before. At the time it felt like a last chance and it also felt like the last gasp of youth, which seems a little funny now considering how shaped it was by oldies radio, the Supremes, the Kinks, and Eleanor Friedberger's cassette of Get Happy. The big idea behind Girls Can Tell was to take stock of the band’s MO from inception until that point, to carefully consider all the things we’d been trying to do and the way we'd been doing them, and then set out specifically to avoid all of it. To instead come up with some new songs that were actually about where I was at and how I was feeling! Songs that knew no cool rules. Songs that cried themselves to sleep at night and got up and shook themselves by the collar the next morning. It was the record that sorted out how much fight we had left in us. It came out February 20, 2001.”

“And now here’s the #GirlsCanTell Deluxe Playlist - all the tracks from the album plus songs I was obsessed with and forcing on my bandmates at the time. It’s possible you'll notice some hints of You’re Lookin Fine in The Fitted Shirt, or some very similar opening lyrics in Possession and Anything You Want, or some amateur stabs at the Supremes’ rhythm section on Take The Fifth. All liberally borrowed when we needed it most, now gratefully returned via the digital sea.” — BD

 


Get 25% off Spoon's 'Girls Can Tell' now thru Friday, February 26.

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Coming March 26 - Spoon - 'Gimme Fiction' Limited Red/White Vinyl / "The Best Of Spoon at Austin City Limits", This Saturday



On Friday, March 26, we're releasing a red/white vinyl edition of Spoon's 5th album, 2005's 'Gimme Fiction'.  Stream/preorder here.

This Saturday night, January 30th, catch "The Best Of Spoon at Austin City Limits"on your local PBS outlet.

"Austin City Limits has always been good to us, going back to when I was served underage beers in the old UT studios at the Stevie Ray Vaughan taping of 1989. We’ve played the show four different times now, and it never feels less than epic to be on stage with that set of the Austin skyline."
-Britt Daniel



Gimme Fiction Tracklist
01 The Beast And Dragon, Adored
02 The Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine
03 I Turn My Camera On
04 My Mathematical Mind
05 The Delicate Place
06 Sister Jack
07 I Summon You
08 The Infinite Pet
09 Was It You?
10 They Never Got You
11 Merchants of Soul

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Spoon - "Gimme Fiction," "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga," "Transference" Reissues Out Today







Available everywhere today: Reissues of Spoon's "Gimme Fiction," "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga," and "Transference." Purchase/Stream Spoon catalog classics HERE.

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Spoon - "Rainy Taxi (Big Beat)"



Spoon has released a new track "Rainy Taxi (Big Beat)" available exclusively on Bandcamp. A new take on "Rainy Taxi" from the 2014 LP They Want My Soul, the single was recorded remotely in May 2020 by Spoon's Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel in Austin TX and Los Angeles CA respectively.



During Bandcamp's 24 hour fee-waiving period today (Midnight PST Fri Sep 4 to Midnight PST Sat Sep 5) Spoon and Matador will donate all proceeds earned from the "Rainy Taxi (Big Beat)" single to Austin Community Foundation.

The premiere of the new track coincides with the release of Spoon's full discography on Bandcamp.

Buy / Stream Spoon catalog classics HERE.

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Coming Saturday, August 29 : Spoon - 'All The Weird Kids Up Front: Más Rolas Chidas'



Way too long ago we held a contest challenging you to create an alternate ‘Best of Spoon’ album as a playlist, with the winner being decided by number of followers. After an endless delay (THANKS, GLOBAL PANDEMIC), the winning playlist has been pressed as a limited edition LP ; ‘All The Weird Kids Up Front (Ma?s Rolas Chidas),’ available for the first time this weekend at independent record stores as part of Record Store Day Drops. Find out how to get yours here. #RSD2020

As we count down to Saturday, the second runner-up, Blair's #MyBestOfSpoon, is available for your listening pleasure here.

Tracklist, assembled by Jason Jezek
01 The Fitted Shirt
02 Don't Make Me a Target
03 The Beast and Dragon, Adored
04 Is Love Forever?
05 I Summon You
06 Out Go the Lights
07 Who Makes Your Money
08 The Ghost of You Lingers
09 Paper Tiger
10 WhisperI'lllistentohearit
11 Tear It Down
12 New York Kiss

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Spoon - 'A Series Of Sneaks', 'Girls Can Tell', 'Kill The Moonlight' Reissues Out Today







Reissues of Spoon's 'A Series Of Sneaks' (1998), 'Girls Can Tell' (2001) and 'Kill The Moonlight' (2003) are available today on LP/CD and all digital formats.

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(photo : Dave Lichterman)

In addition, KEXP’s Cheryl Waters is marking the 'Slay On Cue' reissue campaign during her Midday Show, today Friday, August 14. Tune into KEXP at 12pm pacific / 3pm eastern for live recordings of songs from 'Transference', 'A Series of Sneaks' and 'Kill the Moonlight'

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Spoon - 'Telephono' & 'Soft Effects' reissues out today, Britt Daniel AMA at 1pm







Spoon - "Not Turning Off" (directed by Brett Vapnek, 1996), from 'Telephono')

our reissues of Spoon's 'Telephono' and 'Soft Effects' are available today



badger Britt Daniel in a Reddit AMA on r/Music today at 1pm EDT at reddit.com/r/music

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VIDEO : Spoon - "Small Stakes"

 



Monday's announcement of the Spoon 'Slay On Cue' reissue series was accompanied by a restored and remastered video for the 'Kill The Moonlight' classic 'Small Stakes’, developed from the original 8mm film. “It’s a little glimpse into life in the studio in 2002 during the recording of 'Kill The Moonlight', filmed by our friend Peter Simonite”, says Britt Daniel.

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Slay On Cue : Spoon Reissue Series


(photo : Oliver Halfin)

Announcing "Slay on Cue” a new series of reissues from Spoon including their 1996 debut album 'Telephono' and the 1997 'Soft Effects EP'. Along with standard black vinyl and CD versions of each album, Soft Effects has also been pressed into two editions of blue and red vinyl, featuring stamp-numbered silkscreened covers sourced from the original artwork, limited to 500 copies of each worldwide. Available July 24th.
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Spoon - "Text Later"



Previously issued on a 2002 split 7” with Swearing At Motorists (Super Asbestos), Spoon’s “Text Later” is now available to stream or download.






(photo : Jim Eno)

stream / download "Text Later"
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Spoon on tour :
Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

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Spoon - "Is This The Last Time" (Demo)






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continuing Spoon's vault-plundering series of rarity-unleashing, here's a demo version of 2002's b-side "Is This The Last Time", now available for streaming or download.

stream/order 'Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon'

Spoon on tour :
Wednesday, December 4th McMenamins Christal Ballroom, Portland OR
Thursday, December 5th Knitting Factory Boise, Boise ID
Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

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Spoon - "The Underdog" (demo)







(photo : Oliver Halfin)

Spoon continue to plunder their own vault(s) and today unleash the demo version of "The Underdog", the mega-hit from 2007's 'Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga'. Lovers of rock / cinema history might recall the song playing in the closing credits of 2011 Palme d'Or winner "Horrible Bosses" (not, I should stress, a documentary about working at Matador Records).

stream/download "The Underdog" (demo)
stream/order 'Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon'

Spoon on tour :
Wednesday, December 4th McMenamins Christal Ballroom, Portland OR
Thursday, December 5th Knitting Factory Boise, Boise ID
Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

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Spoon - "Inside Out" (demo)






This morning we're pleased to make available the demo version of Spoon's much-beloved "Inside Out", the studio version of which appeared on 2014's 'They Want My Soul'.   Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Britt Daniel recalled, “I wrote that on piano. It was just the chords and a melody, and I remember singing it for my girlfriend and at the time and she was not impressed. I was like 'Are you kidding me? I know this is fucking great! And then it kind of just existed as this piano vocal song for a long time. I knew something was good about it but we were making  'I Want Your Soul' and I didn’t want to have just a vocal and piano song on there, it felt we had done that too much already. So we put a beat to it that was sort of stolen from this Dr. Dre song. Then we used that kick-snare pattern and Alex [Fischel, keyboards and guitar] came up with the idea of a harp sound on a keyboard. Then it sounded like something we’d never done before.”

There's a lesson of some sort in here but our office is already awash in "I-told-you-so"-isms already (if that's a thing) but the important part to focus on is that during a period in which we're shining a spotlight on Spoon's past works, more cool artifacts from the band's vault will be unleashed in the days ahead (November 19, December 3 and December 10, to be exact). Play along by utilizing hashtag #spoontbt if you're inclined.

(photo : Oliver Halfin)

stream/downnload "Inside Out" (demo)
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Spoon on tour :
Wednesday, December 4th McMenamins Christal Ballroom, Portland OR
Thursday, December 5th Knitting Factory Boise, Boise ID
Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

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Spoon - PBS News Hour Feature



This past Saturday, PBS' "News Hour" ran a feature on Spoon with interview and performance footage culled from the band's most recent stop in Austin this past June, including a visit to Austin's Girls Rock Camp.

stream / download "Shake It Off"
stream/order 'Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon'

Spoon on tour :
Wednesday, December 4th McMenamins Christal Ballroom, Portland OR
Thursday, December 5th Knitting Factory Boise, Boise ID
Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

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Spoon - Covering John Lennon's "Isolation" on The Howard Stern Show



On Tuesday, Spoon's cover of John Lennon's "Isolation" was performed for Sirius/XM's Howard Stern Show. "Rent I Pay" from the same session can be viewed via the Sirius/XM app.





stream / download "Shake It Off"
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Spoon on tour :
Monday, October 21 Pepsi Center WTC, Ciudad De Mexico MX
Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

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Out Today : Spoon - "Shake It Off"







(photo : Oliver Halfin)

Spoon today shine a light on the rarity track “Shake It Off.” Available digitally for the first time ever, and culled from a 2002 split single with Swearing With Motorists (Super Asbestos), the track was recently made the b-side of the 7” version of latest single “No Bullets Spent”

stream / download "Shake It Off"

(stream/order 'Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon')

Spoon on tour :

Monday, October 21 Pepsi Center WTC, Ciudad De Mexico MX
Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

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Out Today : Spoon - ''Everything Hits At Once - The Best Of Spoon'


(photo : Oliver Halfin)

'Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon' --- featuring the new single, "No Bullets Spent" ---  is out today.  LP and CD editions are now shipping from the Matador and Spoon webstores ; The album will be available at most independent record stores on August 2, and everywhere by August 16. Contact your local store for details.


Prior to Spoon's show tonight at Austin's 360 Ampitheater, the band will be signing copies of 'Everything Hits At Once' and the "No Bullets Spent" 7" at Waterloo Records at 1pm.



(stream / download "No Bullets Spent")
(stream/order 'Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon')

Spoon on tour :

Friday, July 26 Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin TX
Saturday, July 27 The Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas TX
Sunday, July 28 The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston TX
Tuesday, July 30 Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, St. Louis MO
Wednesday, July 31 Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago IL
Friday, August 2 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati OH
Saturday, August 3 DTE Energy Music Theater, Detroit MI
Sunday, August 4 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Indianapolis IN
Sunday, August 11 Budweiser Stage, Toronto ON
Monday, August 12 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs NY
Tuesday, August 13 Darien Lake Amphitheater, Darien Center NY
Thursday, August 15 Xfinity Center, Mansfield MA
Friday, August 16 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford NH
Saturday, August 17 Forest Hills Stadium, Queens NY
Tuesday, August 20 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
Wednesday, August 21 BB&T Pavilion, Camden NJ
Thursday, August 22 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD
Saturday, August 24 Coastal Credit Union Park at Walnut Creek, Raleigh NC
Sunday, August 25 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte NC
Tuesday, August 27 Oak Mountain Amphitheater, Birmingham AL
Thursday, August 29 Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa FL
Friday, August 30 Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach FL

(all dates  with Beck and Cage The Elephant)

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